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National Parks Closed? Try These State Parks and Local Attractions Instead

Budget Travel | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel
Budget Travel

In these bizarre times, it's best to keep an open mind, especially when the government suddenly throws a wrench in your national park vacation plans. For those seeking take a trip anytime in the foreseeable future, all is not lost.

Let the Red States Go

David Morris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
David Morris

I believe the country, and the Democratic Party itself would be better served if Republican controlled states were allowed to opt out of the Affordable Care Act, but only under three conditions.

Republicans Want Smaller Government? Opt-Out of Those Dirty Socialist Programs - What Is Stopping You?

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

We know the shutdown is not about fiscal responsibility. If it was, Republicans would not have run up the deficit under W by trillions of dollars with two unpaid wars, unpaid Medicare prescription plan, and the Bush tax cuts.

The Daly Szep -- A Recording

Paul Szep | Posted 12.07.2013 | Comedy
Paul Szep


GOP and the Dicey Debt Ceiling Waters

Kevin Price | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics
Kevin Price

The Republicans who voted for these budgets (or contributed to the earmarks and voted "no" later), have morally obligated themselves to support the debt ceiling. After all, these budget packages are what raised the debt to such high levels.

What Would George Washington Say About the Shutdown Crisis?

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Mark Goulston, M.D.

Please read this in a public setting where all United States citizens can hear the following (at the very least the statement from George Washington) and then invite a discussion about, 'What would George Washington say about the shutdown crisis?'

Students Re-Evaluate Government Majors During Shutdown

USA Today | Posted 10.07.2013 | College

For Stephen Henninger, the government shutdown reaffirms his decision not to pursue a career in politics. The current gridlock in Congress is furth...

'Fighting' Mad at Congress for Shutdown? Don't Be. It's Not Their Fault -- It's Ours

Bryan Farha | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
Bryan Farha

Our anger should not be targeted at members of the House and Senate. It should be targeted at ourselves. You and I are ultimately to blame. Let me explain.

Shutdown Has Out-sized Impact On African American Workers | Posted 10.07.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON — Although the shutdown of the federal government that began Tuesday is affecting all Americans, a disproportionate portion of the 800,00...

Congress Enters Crucial Week With Shutdown Fight

Reuters | Posted 12.07.2013 | Politics

* Two sides are still deadlocked * Lew says Congress is "playing with fire" * Conflict could go down to ...

Boehner Stands Firm On Debt Ceiling

AP | DONNA CASSATA and MARTIN CRUTSINGER | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States moved closer to the possibility of the first-ever default on the government's debt Sunday as Speak...

Republicans Should Declare Victory... and Proceed to the Next Nonsense

Paul Abrams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Why focus your energies and your destructive creativity on a little government shut-down, when you can go after your loftier goal, crashing the world economy?

Government Shutdown Stretches Into Fifth Day

Posted 12.05.2013 | Politics

The 2013 government shutdown has reached day five, with Congress still apart on budget negotiations. Reuters reports where the House stood entering...

Sense Of Unease Growing Around The World As U.S. Government Looks Befuddled

AP | STEVEN R. HURST | Posted 12.04.2013 | World

An unmistakable sense of unease has been growing in capitals around the world as the U.S. government from afar looks increasingly befuddled — shirki...

Friday Talking Points -- Shutdown Follies

Chris Weigant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I have to admit -- I never thought John Boehner was stupid enough to shut the government down over Obamacare. Shows what I know, right? Sigh.

Government Shutdown Hurts West Virginians

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

In reflecting on nearly 30 years in the U.S. Senate, I can hardly think of a time when a group of lawmakers has acted so recklessly as now.

Showdown. Shutdown. Shakedown.

Will Durst | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
Will Durst

Government's closed, everybody! Go home. Except Congress, that is, whose members are still getting paid, classified as "essential workers." Although right now, neither one of those words seems very apt or ept. Unapt and inept is more like it. Inapt? Unept?


Malcolm Boyd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Malcolm Boyd

let's get real...who cares? the government has shut down did you hear me? The government has shut down this means I've been shut down Is anybody lis...

Huge Government Contractor To Furlough Thousands

AP | Posted 10.04.2013 | Business

BETHESDA, Md. -- BETHESDA, Md. (AP) — Lockheed Martin says it will furlough 3,000 employees on Monday due to the government shutdown. The big defen...

Arthur Delaney

Government Shutdown Steals Food From Babies, Then Gives It Back | Arthur Delaney | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michelle Price of Ball, La., panicked earlier this week when she heard the federal government shutdown would soon hobble the program she...

Disingenuous Hokum

Edward Flattau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Edward Flattau

The Republican Party is lamenting the closure of our national parks due to a government shutdown, and has introduced a proposal to reopen them while o...

Grover Norquist: My Shutdown Horror Story

HuffPost Live | Posted 10.04.2013 | Politics

Founder and President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist joins HuffPost Live to share his government shutdown horror story....

Defying The Shutdown

Posted 12.04.2013 | Travel


Tourists Furious As D-Day Site Closes Due To Shutdown

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

SAINT-LAURENT-SUR-MER, France, Oct 4 (Reuters) - American tourists visiting a D-Day cemetery in Normandy, northern France, expressed anger upon disc...

LIVE UPDATES: Government Shutdown Continues

Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics

Day four of a partial government shutdown began Friday, as President Barack Obama and Congress remained apart on a budget. The fiscal impasse bring...